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Skills Competion 2009

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May 25, 2009 | 5:20 PM EDT

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Over the past month my friend Andrew and I were involved with a Canada-wide competition called skills. We started with the provincials "Skills Manitoba" and took gold, moving us to Skills Canada.

We took gold there too ;)

During skills we are given a certain time limit, and a theme; to create a flash movie based on that theme. We are marked on our animation skills in many ways by professional animators. (the guy that made "Doodlez" (viewed on ytv and teletoon i think) Judged ours.

I encourage everyone to check out skills in their local areas, as there is a skills for america and all over europe. Unfortunately there is no "Skills World" For 2D/3D animation, but if your a carpenter or something you can look into that :P Regardless, winning the nationals for Skills is quite prestigious.

Some other stuff:
-While animating, for the most part I would do chararacter animation, while Andrew would do backgrounds and colouring, this allowed me to make the character animations look nicer.
-Skills Canada took place over 2 days of work, while the provincials was in 1 day.
-All were animated at 24 FPS, even though I prefer 30
-The computers we used at nationals were really nice :D They even provided intuos 3 6x8 tablets.
-With the exception of the alien sounds, Credits song (for national flash) and a few sound effects, i did most of the voices and sounds.

Lastly, i want to thank Newgrounds for everything its done for me in the last 5 years since i've been coming here. You've taught me how to become the animator that i am today and I thank you for that.




Rated 4 / 5 stars

I liked the sound effects.

The girl on the beach had such a non-girly voice.
Overall, I found it amusing.

RiverJordan responds:

heh, yeah i did that voice >__>


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


Very good for the time limit provided. The visuals are good, and I love the use of the crater trick in the final animation. (BCA?)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Considering how little time you had

I think you did pretty bloody awesome. :) The topic for nationals wasn't as good as the provincial's topic, but you guys made up for it with a good story and excellent backgrounds. The provincial entry was funnier, as was the trial run, but you won, so it can't have been too bad =D

Loved it, and hope it gives you good scholarship app fodder.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Did better then me..

I hope I can do as well a you next year. You did amazing with the short time they gave people. Hope you do well in your future career!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


Totally hated the first two animation, but the last one made up for it. That was brilliant :D